Monday, May 17, 2010

Campeones..Campeones Ole ole ole!

Here are you European league champions for for the 2009/2010 season, and now...on to South Africa!

England: Chelsea
Ended the season with the most goals in league history (103) and we truly a class apart from the rest of the table, Manchester United included although a point was all that separated the two in the final table. Carlo Ancelotti's first season in charge of the blues produced a double as the club won the F.A Cup this past Saturday. As the teams gets older the question is can they take this form into next season?

Spain: Barcelona
Like Chelsea, Barca only ended up winning the title by a few points (Three to be exact)over Real Madrid. However they were head and shoulders above anyone else in the league. They won both legs of the El Classico against Real, plus they ended up with the highest points total in La Liga history. This team also produced the European Golden Boot winner in Leo Messi (47 goals in all competitions), I won't go into massive detail on his brilliance please see previous posts for that. What I will say is this with the core of the club expected back next season it would be foolish to rule out a three peat for the blaugrana.

Italy: Internationale (Inter Milan)
Hard to argue with 4 straight league titles, but that's what this club has done since the 2006 Calciopoli match fixing scandal rocked AC Milan and Juventus. Some continue to hate on their style of play since Jose Mourinho took over at the club two years ago. Yes they play a more organized defensive or ``negative`` type of football. However all this has done is fend off a serious challenge to their domestic run by Roma and in the process beat the above mentioned Barcelona to make the Champions League final this coming Saturday against the next to be mentioned Bayern Munich. Hate it or love it the club could pull off the Triple of League, Domestic Cup (Copa Italia) and European Cup should they win on Saturday.

Germany: Bayern Munich
After to terrible start to the domestic and European campaigns it looked like ``FC Hollywood`` as they are sometimes known were on their way to a record low season. Manager Louis Van Gaal was one loss away from the sack, and it looked like the club may fire sale players and start over again. However one night in Turin changed everything. Soon after their come from behind win against Juventus which placed them in the last 16 of champions league, the club went 21 matches unbeaten in the league and never looked back as they took top spot in the table. They will be looking for their 5th European Cup on Saturday, however they will have to do it without their most influential player a Frank Ribery is out due to suspension.

The above mentioned leagues I watched the most this season, I`ll list the other champions below. However I won`t comment on their seasons as I either did not follow the league as much this year or at all. For that reason it would not be fair for me to critique, however if you are a follower of the league or the team feel free to comment!

France: Olympique de Marseille
Scotland: Glasgow Rangers
Portugal: S.L Benfica
Turkey: Bursaspor
Greece: Panathinaikos

Tune in Friday for a Champions league final report!

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